The human body has some amazing and remarkable abilities. The human body typically has no problem repairing cuts, scrapes, or broken bones (with a bit of time, your body can heal the giant bones in your legs and arms).
But when it comes to mending the delicate little hairs in your ear, it’s not going to happen. For now at least.
It’s really regrettable that your body can accomplish such amazing feats of healing but can’t restore these little hairs. So what’s the deal?
When is Hearing Loss Permanent?
So, let’s get right down to it. You’re at your doctor’s office trying to digest the news he’s giving you: you’re losing your hearing. So you ask your doctor if your hearing will ever come back. And he informs you that it may or may not.
Dramatically speaking, it’s a little anticlimactic.
But it’s also the truth. There are two basic types of hearing loss:
- Damage induced hearing loss: But hearing loss has another more common form. Known medically as sensorineural hearing loss, this form of hearing loss is effectively irreversible. Here’s what happens: inside of your ear, there are little hairs that vibrate when moved by sound waves. When vibrations are converted into signals, they are transmitted to the brain which makes them into the sounds you perceive. But loud noises can cause harm to the hairs and, over time, reduce your hearing to the point where you need treatment.
- Obstruction induced hearing loss: When there’s something obstructing your ear canal, you can show all the indications of hearing loss. A wide variety of things, from something gross (earwax) to something frightening (a tumor), can be the cause of this obstruction. The good news is that once the obstruction is cleared, your hearing usually returns to normal.
So the bottom line is this: you can recover from one form of hearing loss and you most likely won’t know which one you’re coping with without having a hearing test.
Treating Hearing Loss
Scientists haven’t discovered a “cure” for sensorineural hearing loss but they’re working on it. But your hearing loss still may be treatable. As a matter of fact, getting the proper treatment for your hearing loss might help you:
- Preserve and protect the hearing you have left.
- Preserve a high quality of life.
- Remain active socially, keeping isolation at bay.
- Help fend off mental decline.
- Successfully manage hearing loss symptoms you may already have.
Of the many forms of treatment available, which one is right for you depends on the extent of your hearing loss. One of the most common treatments is pretty simple: hearing aids.
Why Are Hearing Aids a Smart Treatment For Hearing Loss?
Hearing aids can help you get back to the people and things you love. They can help you hear the discussions, the phone, your tv, or even just the birds in the park. Hearing aids can also take some of the pressure off of your brain because you will no longer be struggling to hear.
Prevention is The Best Protection
Loud noises and other things that would harm your hearing should be avoided and your ears should be protected against them. Hearing well is essential to your general health and well-being. Routine hearing care, such as annual hearing exams, is just another kind of self-care.